What we can harvest in a June winter

What we can harvest in a June winter

The weather has turned cold here in Auckland.

Is there still anything to eat from the garden?

When I wandered around, this is what I found:

  • Gorgeous red-stemmed silver-beet,
  • rocket,
  • endive,
  • parsley,
  • gotu kola,
  • choko,
  • apples,
  • mandarins

 

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Gorgeous red-stemmed silver-beet, rocket, endive, parsley, gotu kola, choko, apples, mandarins

Then I went hunting further under some plastic shelters I had put over some beds and found:

  • Beans,
  • tromboncino squash,
  • silver-beet,
  • lettuce
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Beans, tromboncino, silver-beet, lettuce

 

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Looking further: a tiny, tiny zucchini – in June!

And a few carrots

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carrot – ‘Egmont gold’

And the last of the apples

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Apples

 

Look – the mandarins are starting to ripen! The tree is loaded so we will have citrus for a while now. The lemons and oranges are still unripe so we will wait further for them.

 

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Mandarins

 

And persimmons starting to ripen too. They are so delicious we really look forward to their sweetness in the winter.

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We have broccoli coming soon. Other brassicas [caulis, cabbage etc] would too if we’d planted any!

 

A bit more on beans:

I am so pleased with them – they were a late sowing in March,  a dwarf variety ‘Prince’. Stella had commented that these ones ‘tasted OK and grew better than others in cooler times, early and late in the season’. So I tried them.

One lot in the ground and another lot in a planter-box which could be moved onto the patio for extra heat if needed.

They grew well, lots of leaves. Then flowers appeared.

As the weather got colder I put plastic covers over them and waited and watched.

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The plastic tunnel gives OK protection from cold winds of winter and frosts [which we may have soon].

And it worked – real beans to eat in June – lots of them!

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So if you have a way of covering a late planting of dwarf beans, they are worth putting in.  Our own beans in winter – so nice.

 

So even though the snake-beans and climbing beans have finished – they were great and powered on until a few weeks ago, tomatoes are faint memory, there is still a lot we can find in a winter garden which is wonderful.

 

Sometime before Spring, I’ll look into a post about the range of beans we plant, how and why – there are a few!

 

May you and your garden flourish
Heather

 

 

 

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